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I am thinking about getting a toy poodle. I had one when I was a child. She was my first dog. I was very young when my mom got her. My mom trained her. I just had some questons about small toys. Are they hard to train/house break? Do they bark more? The puppy that I'm looking at is very small. Are there more health issues with toys then standards. Any advice would be great:)
 

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I think health largely comes down to the breeding - toys probably have fewer inherited problems than standards (although I have never seen exact figures) but a badly bred toy can be a disaster. Check that the breeder you are considering does all the necessary health testing, see the parents of your puppy, and ask for details of grandparents, other offspring, etc. Knees (luxating patella) and PRA (an inherited form of blindness) are the two biggest health issues here in the UK. Don't even consider a pup from a pet store or similar outlet, and be very, very careful if considering buying from the internet or a local backyard breeder - much better to find a good breeder and wait for a pup.

Small dogs are reputedly more difficult to housetrain. I am never sure whether this is because it is so much easier to clean up after a small dog so we owners are less scrupulously consistent about taking them out frequently, or if they really do find it more difficult to learn. I do think that it takes longer for a small dog to get full control, especially bladder control. Expect some "accidents" for the first few months at least. One of the many problems with puppy farm/pet store pups is that they have been raised in a small pen, and have got used to sleeping in their own mess, which can make them particularly difficult to housetrain.

Poodles are a delight to train - they love working with you, are intelligent and athletic, and you will have lots and lots of fun together. Tiny dogs need lots of carefully planned socialisation - and it can be tricky to ensure they experience enough meetings with dogs, people, bicycles, cows, etc, etc to make them relaxed about them in later life, without getting frightened or hurt. It is important to find the right puppy class - one that lets all the pups loose in a free for all will probably do more harm than good. Similarly with other training classes - with these tiny dogs, positive, reward based training is the way to go - don't let anyone tell you you have to yank/shove/push your dog, or "get dominance" over her. A labrador may be able to put up with these methods - a toy poodle is likely to be traumatised by them, and end up fearful and even aggressive as a result.

Yapping - dogs do bark. Small dogs have a higher pitched bark. Mine went through a phase in adolescence when they barked at *everything* - every leaf that moved, twig that dropped, bird that flew past, neighbour that laughed ... I taught them to "settle down" on command, and although they do yap occasionally, it is not constantly. Bored, lonely, frustrated dogs are more inclined to bark - plenty of exercise, company and occupation seem to be the best ways to keep it to a minimum.

If you had a toy poodle before, you will know all about the need for grooming, and that they are living, breathing dogs, and not a fashion accessory!

Hope this helps!
 

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I think fjm gave you very good advice. Toy poodles are very much like any other small dog. I notice you have a chihuahua. Have you trained that dog not to be "yappy?" Your poodle will be as good as breeding and training will make him or her. Small poodles are not necessarily fragile or unhealthy. They can be quite altheletic. Just find a breeder who does all the health testing and isn't selling anything called "teacup."
 

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Thanks for the replys I decided to get the toy poodle that I was looking at. I Picked her up this moring.:) My chihhuahua never barks and never has tried to bark. So there was not really any training needed. I will post pics soon I would never buy any dog that is spouse to be a teacup there is no such thing.:doh:
 
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